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Dear Traveler:
The holidays have come and gone and the white squirrels have promised not to candy-stripe their tails until at least next November. The forests are pretty quiet, but advance word says that spring will be quite a show, if you’re the type to think ahead. It’s a little chilly for Sliding Rock, but that certainly hasn’t stopped a fair amount of hikers and climbers and cyclists from taking advantage of the pretty days to get out and about in the woods.
Because Transylvania County's winter weather is more often delightful than frightful, making your escape to the Land of Waterfalls for a long weekend will likely mean an abundance of outdoor adventures, fun activities, extraordinary events, great live music and post-holiday shopping options to chase away any lingering winter blues.
Welcome to 2015!
The Adventurist
Beginners Drawing Classes
Coffee cARTS Studio
1061 Rosman Highway, Brevard
Fridays, 7-9pm
Winter weather got you down? Maybe it’s time to pick up a fresh talent to show off in the spring. These weekly classes give students the basics they need to get out there and start sketching the world around them, no matter the season.
Pick up your pencil here.
Rod Building with Davidson River Outfitters
95 Pisgah Highway, Pisgah Forest
January 9-10; 8:30am-4:30pm
It’s always a thrill to catch the big fish. But imagine catching that big fish using a custom rod you created for yourself. That’s the idea behind this outstanding workshop led by Davidson River’s own Kevin Howell and John Rich. They’ll give you all the tips and tools you need so you can walk out with a brand new rod in hand.
Cast this way for more details. 
North Carolina Bowhunter’s Association District 9 Measuring Day
Headwaters Outfitters
January 10; 11am-2pm
Sportsmen looking for an opportunity to brag about this year’s big hunt could do worse than show off with the locals at this year’s event. Archers can have their trophies scored by a Pope and Young Certified Measurer, while they’re chatting it up with the competition.
Set your sights here for more information.
Faces of Freedom
TC Arts Council
349 S Caldwell St, Brevard
January 17-February 2
International Mixer Celebration of Our Heritage
January 23
Collecting works from a talented and diverse roster of artists, this exhibit illuminates the nature of freedom and the way the journey to it has been interpreted using a wide variety of media. Visitors on January 23rd may also take part in an International Mixer, which features speakers and performers, including writers, musicians and hip hop dance classes from Brevard Ballet.
Raise your banners here.
The live music scene in Brevard and Transylvania County is starting to attract the kind of buzz normally associated with larger surrounding communities. Our popular live music venues are featuring a host of January shows, offering up a delicious mix of established artists and up-and-comers.
Notable shows include Big Daddy Love on January 9th and Joe Lasher Jr. on January 17th, both at 185 King Street; and on January 23rd from 6-8pm check out Amigo playing at Oskar Blues Brewery.
Check out individual websites below or call for complete listings.
185 King Street - 185 King St.Brevard,, (828) 877-1850
Brevard Brewing Company - 63 E. Main St., Brevard,, (828) 885-2101
Duckpond Pottery - 1840 Greenville Hwy, Brevard, (828) 883-4536
Jordan Street Café - 30 W. Jordan Street, Brevard (828) 883-2558
Oskar Blues Brewery & Tap Room - 342 Mountain Industrial Drive, Brevard,, (828) 883-2337
The Phoenix - 14 S. Gaston Street, Brevard, (828) 877-3232,
The Square Root - 33 Times Arcade, Brevard,, (828) 884-6171
My Transylvania is a new regular feature, highlighting places and experiences that make the Land of Waterfalls so special. This month's spotlight is on a great intermediate hike you can take in Pisgah National Forest. 
Pisgah National Forest
This is a loop and connector route that starts at the Coontree Picnic Area and hooks up with the Bennett Gap trail. Our favorite trails always have a reward, and Bennett Gap delivers with some terrific views of Looking Glass and the surrounding mountains. Early on, the trail parallels Coontree Creek before linking to Bennett Gap. This is a half-day hike (3.5 to 4 hours) so be sure to bring plenty of water and snacks.
Distance: 6.6 miles
Trails: Coontree Creek (144), Bennett Gap (138)
Starting Point: Coontree Picnic Area
Directions to Trailhead: From intersection of US-276/US-64/NC-280, enter Pisgah National Forest. Go 4.8 miles on US-276 to the Coontree Picnic Area. The trailhead is across US-276.
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